The Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0) dominated the Binghamton Bearcats (0-1, 0-0) to start the season in a game full of highlight goals and flashy passes.
Just minutes into the game, it became clear that Syracuse was the better team. The Orange scored the first 13 goals of the game, leaving the Bearcats scoreless for the first 27 minutes.
After sophomore midfielder Jamie Trimboli scored the first goal of the season for the Orange, the team displayed their early-season chemistry with a flurry of passes ending in one of Brendan Bomberry's five goals on the day. The senior midfielder is the first Syracuse player to score five goals in one game in almost three years.
Despite Bomberry's big day, the Orange won the game with a complete team effort. Twelve different Syracuse players tickled the twine in Saturday's contest.
The top play of the day goes to Syracuse's Nate Solomon. The junior put in a falling, behind-the-back bouncer over the head of the Binghamton goalie. 'Cuse's redshirt junior Stephen Rehfuss also had a special goal, netting a rolling shovel shot later in the quarter. Rehfuss finished the day with three goals and two assists.
'Cuse pulled out all the stops, pulling off a hidden ball trick for a goal in the first quarter. Senior goalie Dom Madonna pretended to receive a pass and possess the ball, allowing freshman David Lipka to put in a goal and extend an early lead.
The Orange led the game in nearly every team statistic. The team outshot Binghamton by 34 and won the faceoff battle 24-5. Sophomore midfielder Danny Varello won 15 of 17 draws for SU.
The attendance for Syracuse's season opener was 3,041. The team's next game is against Albany on February 17th.